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Congress grapples with estate tax reform

With time running out, lawmakers and business groups urge repeal

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers have known it was coming since a temporary scheme was enacted in 2001: without congressional action, the estate tax will be repealed for a year in 2010 and then reset at the highest rates in a decade. But just months before the yearlong repeal is set to begin, lawmakers have yet to pass an estate law reform package.

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